Monuments to the past
HE might be getting older but Geoff Head begs to differ on the claim that he's “over the hill”.
His work, though, might be – in a literal sense – especially his latest exhibition of prints on display at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum.
Aptly titled Over the Hill, the exhibition features a series of 14 linocuts and is a striking visual record of the diversity of architectural styles represented in Goondoon Street.
This exhibition pays homage to the structures that have endured different owners and functions throughout their existence, and their significant place in the Gladstone community.
Featured in the exhibition are Kullaroo House, the old post office, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, the Mayes building and the Presbyterian church to name a few.
Mr Head said his focus had been on the older structures as they had a greater history and presence in the city centre.
He said he had tried to represent the most familiar facade of the buildings, viewed from street level and at a particular point in time.
“When walking up Goondoon Street and over the hill in this changing streetscape, we are confronted by these buildings, these architectural monuments to the past, and are left to ponder what the future holds for them,” Mr Head said.
“These are places we interact with or have done in the past and because of their familiarity we often take them for granted.
“Some have been transformed and now have a new function.
“Others are no longer in use and sit vacant awaiting their demise, removal, renovation or demolition.”
Traditionally a painter, Mr Head said the exhibition concept had come to him about two years ago and was something he had worked on in earnest for the past 12 months.
Head of Department for The Arts at Gladstone State High School, Mr Head said he had enjoyed the process of printing, something he would like to work with more in the future.
Over the Hill can be viewed until October 30.